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 Am I Too Young To Be Going Through Perimenopause/Menopause?
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IBy Dr. Donna Becker
t usually begins with sleep disturbance and awakening feeling very hot once or twice a week. Towards the end of
the monthly cycle, moodiness-even crying or feeling irritable much of the time, or PMS- premenstrual syndrome, predominates. Nothing seems to be the same-libido, the desire and enjoyment of sex, dwindles. Secretions change as well. The thick mucoid nature becomes scant and watery. Eventually, without hormonal support, the vagina may become dry and shrunken. This does not occur in all women, however.
Frustration! Depression! So the struggling young 30-something woman visits her family doc who may pronounce her blood work all normal and suggest that great all American cure-all, an antidepressant and perhaps a sleeping pill! Now, most doctors do not measure hormones in cycling (menstruating) women, because they claim that the hormones will be changing daily if not hourly, so hormone levels do not provide meaningful data. But of course, as the fertility specialists know, hormones can be measured and these numbers very much guide therapy when someone is trying to get pregnant.
Progesterone is the first hormone to decline in the young perimenopausal
woman. She actually has too much estrogen relative to progesterone. This imbalance of progesterone to estrogen may cause hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia. After checking blood levels of all hormones and markers (FSH & LH) for menopause, I might prescribe progesterone, if the estradiol level is adequate and the FSH & LH are <23. Until the estrogen wanes, progesterone provides needed balance. However, the gynecologist’s answer to insomnia and PMS might be to prescribe a low dose birth control pill, even to a woman who has had a tubal ligation. The birth control pill will suppress the body’s secretion of estrogen. So, lower estrogen is in artificial balance with the body’s own low progesterone. A more physiologic solution: give what is missing, progesterone, and give it the way the body used to make it, less the first 2 weeks and twice as much the final 2 weeks.
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    For The Binge Of It All
ood has gotten away from its intended point. The purpose of food is to fuel the body to be
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  able to complete a person’s normal daily activities. Food has become a reward, part of celebrations and traditions. It also has become a coping mechanism for various emotional and psychological issues.
Boredom, stress and overall emotional blanketing are ways that food can be overindulged to the point of binging. Binge eating is defined as the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period of time, typically as part of an eating disorder.
September 2021
Food becomes the answer to life’s questions and company in times of loneliness.
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